Immigration Options for Investors, 2nd Ed.

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Immigration Options for Investors, 2nd Ed.

This book is out of print. New edition coming summer 2014.

Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs provides everything you need to successfully represent clients in this highly specialized area. The strategies, analyses, and practice pointers included in this book will help practitioners identify potential benefits based on investment, prepare petitions, and counsel clients in difficult circumstances.

This comprehensive guidebook also covers:

  • Ethical considerations and professional risks
  • Immigration practitioner vs. responsibilities of outside counsel (e.g., tax attorney, corporate counsel)
  • Litigation considerations
  • E-1 and E-2 visas
  • EB-5 based permanent residence
  • Clients with pending cases such as removal proceedings, family petitions, and labor certification applications and more!

"[This edition covers] the historical roots of investor immigration, the EB-5 category of immigration practice, alternatives to EB-5 practice, interdisciplinary subjects, as well as a comparative survey of investor immigration laws in other countries."
-Editor-in-chief, Lincoln Stone

ISBN: 978-1-57370-304-8
688 pages
August 2010

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Lincoln Stone (Editor-in-Chief) practices immigration law at Stone & Grzegorek LLP in Los Angeles. His legal training includes the University of Notre Dame Law School, a federal court clerkship with the Honorable Robert A. Grant, trial attorney experience with the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service, and private practice experience in business transactions and litigation. Mr. Stone's writing in the immigrant investor field includes such works as "Immigrant Investment in Local Clusters," "Policy Considerations in the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program'" and "Conditional Permanent Residence and Immigration Risk for Investors." He served for five years as chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Investor Visa Committee, chair of AILA's National Pro Bono Committee, and chair of the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization's Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission. He is the conference program chair for AILA's EB-5 Investor Visa Conference, and editor-in-chief of the first and second editions of AILA's Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs. Mr. Stone holds the degrees of Juris Doctor, Master of Arts in Humanities, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Edward Carroll (Associate Editor) was an advisor to the state of Vermont on its initial EB-5 Regional Center application during the state's regional center recertification process, and he continues to counsel on regional center amendments and operational issues. He is the advisor to many U.S. enterprises regarding EB-5 issues. Mr. Carroll practices immigration law at the firm of Carroll & Scribner, P.C., in Burlington, VT. Articles authored by Mr. Carroll have appeared in AILA publications, publications for the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Vermont Bar Association, and in Canadian publications. Mr. Carroll has served as a member of AILA's Investor (EB-5) Committee and several other substantive law committees and as co-chair of the Vermont Service Center Liaison Committee. He has been liaison to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Vermont, and liaison to Vermont's Congressional Delegation for AILA's New England Chapter. He also has served as vice-chair of the ABA Immigration Law Committee, General Practice Section. Mr. Carroll is a frequent presenter on U.S. immigration law to legal and business groups in the United States, Canada, and Asia. He has taught immigration law to adjudicators at the Vermont Service Center and has been a commentator for radio and television in the United States and Canada on U.S. immigration issues. Mr. Carroll is a graduate of Harpur College/SUNY-Binghamton (B.A. 1966) and Brooklyn Law School (J.D. 1969). He is listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Amy Novick (Associate Editor) is of counsel with The Haynes Immigration Law Firm in Washington, D.C., where she focuses her practice on obtaining visas for highly skilled professionals, waivers of the two-year home residency requirement for exchange visitors, and issues of concern to diplomats and international workers, investors, naturalization and citizenship, foreign adoptions, and family-based immigration matters. Ms. Novick also serves as executive director of Immigrants' List, the leading bipartisan, pro-immigration political action committee supporting pro-immigration candidates for Congress. Ms. Novick is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council and is listed in the 2010 edition of The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers. A frequent speaker on employment-based immigration and immigration policy, Ms. Novick has extensive publication editing experience, having served as deputy director of AILA, managing editor of the Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, and other AILA titles, including The Visa Processing Guide, Selected Fundamentals of Immigration Law and Practice, AILA's Family Immigration Law Handbook, Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers,, and Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs.

Susan L. Pilcher (Associate Editor) is of counsel to the firm of Carroll & Scribner, P.C., in Burlington, VT, where her general immigration practice includes a substantial focus on EB-5 and investment-related matters. Ms. Pilcher's professional background includes nearly a decade of fulltime law teaching, including general and specialized immigration law courses, at the University of Arkansas School of Law (Fayetteville); a federal court clerkship in San Diego; commercial law practice; and many years of diverse and rewarding experience representing clients in virtually all types of immigration-related matters. She obtained her J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School, where she served as managing editor of the Stanford Law Review. Ms. Pilcher has published and lectured extensively on immigration law topics, and she is active in agency liaison functions for AILA.

Cletus Weber (Associate Editor) is a co-founder and managing member of Peng & Weber, PLLC, a Mercer Island, WA (suburban Seattle) immigration law firm focusing on assisting investors, entrepreneurs, and highly talented persons. In addition to serving as associate editor of AILA's Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs, 2nd edition, and associate editor of AILA's 2010-11 Immigration Practice Pointers, Mr. Weber is vice chair of AILA's Board of Publications and a member of AILA's 2010-11 Topics Conference Committee (EB-5 Investors). He chaired AILA's Washington State Chapter in 2005-06. With a strong interest in categories that reflect his clients' excellence, major contributions, or substantial investment in job creation and the overall betterment of the United States, his practice focuses on national interest waivers, aliens of extraordinary ability, outstanding professors or researchers, J-1 waivers, and E-1/E-2 and EB-5 investors, as well as PERM labor certification and other employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Mr. Weber achieved Beta Gamma Sigma honors while earning his undergraduate business degree at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, in 1986, and earned his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1989. He served as managing editor of the George Washington Law Review, 1988-89. Mr. Weber has written and spoken nationally on immigration law and practice and has been quoted in HR Magazine, Seattle Times, Daily Telegraph (UK), Workforce Management, and other major media.

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